The Aerospace Corp predicts that the Chinese booster rocket Long March 5B parts are expected to hit Earth at the end of July. The possible debris will likely land in the U.S., Africa, Australia, Brazil, India, and Southeast Asia.
According to Fortune Media, the mainland state media dismissed this forecast, saying that these claims are “sour grapes” from people dissatisfied with their space power development.
Global Times, citing Song Zhongping 宋忠平, a television commentator who is loyal to China’s space program. He said, “The U.S. is running out of ways to stop China’s development in the aerospace sector, so smears and defamation became the only things left for it.”
Observer Network also commented, “The US and Western media deliberately exaggerate and exaggerate the ‘loss-of-control’ of the Chinese rocket debris and the probability of personal injury caused by the rocket debris, obviously with bad intentions.”
Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell of the Center for Astrophysics reported that the massive 23-metric-ton booster rocket is dead. And it is beyond the control of the Chinese space agency.
Aerospace predicted in its latest report on Tuesday, “Due to the uncontrolled nature of its descent, there is a non-zero probability of the surviving debris landing in a populated area — over 88% of the world’s population lives under the reentry’s potential debris footprint.”
Jonathan also noted that more debris might fall on Earth later this year as China will launch another Long March rocket to the space station.
According to Bloomberg, in May 2021, the Chinese space agency also lost control of parts of another Long March rocket. Luckily, it ended up in the Indian Ocean.